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A Nuclear Strike Should Require More than One Person’s Order

Commentary / November 12, 2020
Donald Trump has proven to be volatile, erratic, vengeful and prone to angry outbursts. Last week, as the vote count pushed his reelection bid out of sight, he reportedly fell into a dark mood.
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In Their Own Words: Why Should You Choose CDDRL

News / November 12, 2020
Our 2020-21 Post-Doctoral Scholars explain why they chose to complete their fellowship at CDDRL.
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Biden Will Speak Softer but Act Stronger on Taiwan

Commentary / November 11, 2020
U.S. support will be strengthened, but Trump’s provocations will disappear.
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Viral lessons: What a little-known virus could teach us about COVID-19

Q&A / November 11, 2020
Stanford epidemiologist Stephen Luby discusses surprising results of a recent study on Nipah virus, a disease with no vaccine and a mortality rate of up to 70 percent.
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Reflections of a Scientist Laboring in the Nuclear Waste Field

Commentary / November 10, 2020
The U.S. nuclear waste and disposal system is a failure--even though it has been active for more than 50 years at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 was born...
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Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya

Blog / November 10, 2020
New working paper assesses the role of foreign influence in Libyan social media
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Special Forces Veteran and Stanford Scholar Applies Data and Scholarship to Conflict

News / November 10, 2020
Joseph Felter underscores the importance of rigorous data and scholarship in understanding violent conflict and reducing casualties. He brought scholars into the field when he was deployed overseas...
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China Scholars Program Instructor Dr. Tanya Lee Interviewed by US-China Today

Blog / November 10, 2020
Valerie Wu, a student at the University of Southern California and an alum of SPICE’s Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) and China Scholars Program (CSP), recently interviewed Dr. Tanya Lee,...
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Biden in Asia: America Together?

Commentary / November 9, 2020
Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson considers how the incoming Biden administration's "internationalization" agenda may affect U.S.-Asia relations and partnerships with...
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Trump’s Loss Not Necessarily Russia’s

Commentary / November 9, 2020
If Putin and the Kremlin exercise some moderation, they can expect from the next American president a readiness for serious dialogue.
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The Presidential Election Confirmed How New Demographics Will Shape Politics for Many Years Ahead

News / November 9, 2020
Following the U.S. election, FSI experts analyze the results, explain the challenges, and discuss what we can expect between now and Inauguration Day.
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Private, centralized storage for spent nuclear fuel: A dead end or path forward?

Commentary / November 6, 2020
How should the United States manage more than 80,000 metric tons of highly radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in storage at 72 commercial nuclear plants across the country?
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A Day in the Life of a Master’s Student: Janani Mohan ‘22

Blog / November 5, 2020
First-year Master’s in International Policy student Janani Mohan is attending her Stanford classes virtually, phone-banking in swing states, and working on her nonprofit from her home in the...
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Encouraging Students in a Time of Uncertainty and Existential Crisis

Commentary / November 5, 2020
In a letter to his students, Senior Research Scholar Herb Lin emphasizes the power of activism, education and helping others during uncertain times—such as now.
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Chasing Curiosity

Blog / November 3, 2020
The following reflection is a guest post written by Rose Adams, an alumna of the Reischauer Scholars Program
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Donald Emmerson Outlines Southeast Asia's Need to Balance Regional Politics and Influnce from China

News / November 3, 2020
Southeast Asia Program Director Donald Emmerson joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a discussion with Ann Marie Murphy on his new edited volume, "The Deer and the Dragon:...
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To stop the next pandemic, we need to unravel the origins of COVID-19

Commentary / November 3, 2020
We find ourselves ten months into one of the most catastrophic global health events of our lifetime and we still do not know how it began. Despite the critical importance of this question, efforts to...
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Intelligence Isn’t Just for Government Anymore

Commentary / November 2, 2020
Spy agencies need to reach voters and tech leaders now, too. Foreign election interference must be bad if spy agencies are making public service announcements.
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Update on Taiwan and China's Troubled Relationship: Oriana Skylar Mastro on NPR

Commentary / October 31, 2020
"The current threat is that the CCP is running out of patience, and their military is becoming more and more capable. So for the first time in its history, there's the option of taking...
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A Gen Z Perspective on Fake News this November

Commentary / October 29, 2020
As the 2020 election approaches, I’m concerned that many Americans like me — young, liberal, POC — do not understand the extent to which disinformation is affecting the information we’re intaking...
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School Reopenings and the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

News / October 28, 2020
SHP's Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, David Studdert and Michelle Mello write in this JAMA Health Forum Insight that school reopening efforts must account for characteristics of the communities within...